Take a Closer Look
Look very closely at the tree and its surroundings. As you do this,
write down what you see, hear, feel, and smell in your notebook.
Use the ideas below or any others you wish.
- Spend a few minutes watching your tree. Write down all the
living things you see. Are there squirrels? spiders? birds? Draw
pictures of some of the animals you see.
- Sit by your tree and listen. Don't talk to anyone, just listen.
What do you hear in or near the tree? Can you hear the branches
moving? Are birds singing? Is a squirrel chattering to you from
one of the branches? Write about what you hear.
- Feel the bark of the tree and describe how it feels. Make a
rubbing of the bark. Hold a piece of paper against the bark.
Scribble over most of the paper with the side of a crayon. Leave
some space to write a few words about the rubbing. Write about
how the bark looks and feels.
- Smell a piece of bark, a leaf, or any flowers on the tree. What
do these things smell like? Do they smell like anything you have
smelled before? Write about what you smell.
- Make a tracing of a leaf from the tree. Look for other trees with
the same kind of leaves. Draw a map to show where these trees
- Wrap a tape measure around the tree and record it's width.
Measure the width of another tree that looks the same as yours.
Which one do you think is the oldest? the youngest? How do you
- Use a magnifying glass to look more closely at your tree. How
does the tree and its leaves look different?
- Draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. On the left
side, write at least four things you learned about your tree by
looking closely at it. Back at school, look in a tree book to find
out what kind of tree you have adopted. On the right side, write
four things you learned about the tree after reading about it.
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